I mentioned in my book tag that I wanted to write a post about why my favourite book series means so much to me and today I decided to finally do it! Three Dark Crowns holds such a special place in my heart and in this post I am going to outline why.
How I discovered the series
Last year I had set a goal for 2019 that I wanted to read more. I had spent a lot of time reading when I made the goal but it was only for academic purposes. It was always books for university/school and I was too burnt out to read anything outside of that. Now that I had more brain space I wanted to reignite my hobby of reading fiction.
I was mindlessly scrolling on Twitter one day, way before this blog and my book Twitter and such. This was actually on another account I had dedicated to gaming/streaming. Someone tweeted a poll asking which book they should read next. They had a picture of Three Dark Crowns next to another book and I instantly thought the cover was absolutely beautiful. I went to look up what it was about.
Three dark queens are born in a glen, sweet little triplets will never be friends. Three dark sisters all fair to be seen, two to devour and one to be Queen.
I purchased it immediately and didn’t actually start reading straight away. I read the first chapter and it sat on my bedside table for a month before I had the time to pick it up again. Though, I had decided to start back from the beginning because it had been so long.
It was January/February time when I finished all the books. The first book left me an emotional wreck and I had nobody to talk to about it. It was so frustrating. I went to Twitter to see if there was anyone talking about it there and discovered some bookish accounts.
The book that started it all
Following my venture to bookish Twitter, I went to Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr and became enthralled in the bookish community. So many beautiful covers and stories. I spent a while just liking the content before deciding to dabble in making my own. This blog already existed and had done for some time except it had an entirely different focus, in fact, it had no focus at all really. I was just posting random things alongside my gaming blog which was nominated for a UK Blog Award at the time. As a result, I was focusing more on that, I was a finalist and really wanted to win!
On the 8th of February I posted my first ever book related post on my blog. February 20th I sat down and set up a book account on Twitter. Then followed by Bookstagram and that is how it all started! I loved having people to talk to about the books I was reading, making new friends, feeling a part of something new. It was invigorating! A fresh start, a new hobby. If I had never discovered Three Dark Crowns that day I wouldn’t be here!
When I finished the series I needed more, this book helped me to discover my favourite genre and led me to read so many more amazing fantasy stories I would have never found otherwise.
A light at the end of the tunnel
Before I got back into reading I was very very lost. I had my heart set on becoming a community manager, then a teacher. I left university thinking I knew what I wanted but in reality I didn’t have a clue. There was just a giant hole in my future that I couldn’t fill and it was awful. I didn’t know where to go next or what to work towards.
One day I was watching booktube videos and found a series of videos about how to get into publishing. In one video it was suggested to look at all the books you own and see which publisher you own the most books of. A light bulb went off in my head at this point, why had I never thought of that before? Books didn’t just appear like magic into my hands, the process of producing books was a career. Whenever I thought about books I always thought it was just the author who wrote the book and then paid for it to be printed. It had never clicked in my head that there was an entire industry behind the production of new books.
Opening doors for my future
I instantly started looking up the different kinds of positions that made up the industry. I had my degree already so I feared it might be too late but it wasn’t. Luckily I studied something very open and not directly relating to one specific industry or career path and in fact it was actually perfect! Publishing was one that a lot of graduates in my field gravitated towards.
After a few days of deep research and investigation I decided to plan. I looked up internships, job vacancies but I lacked experience. My research had indicated that postgraduate degrees were a great way to break into the industry and gain important skills, knowledge and experience. Where I completed my bachelors actually had a Masters program in Publishing Media that was 1st on the league tables in the UK. Impressive. Publishers had also left testimonials to the course. Stating that they considered it equivalent to a years worth of experience in the industry – perfect! I went to an open day in early March and I was sold at that point. The staff had so much passion and the course looked fantastic. I got home and straight away started working on my application.
On the 9th of May I got an unconditional offer.
Thank you, Kendare Blake
So that is why the Three Dark Crowns series is so special to me. I brought me a direction not only for my blog, but my life right when I needed it. It had brought me a whole community of new friends, a new escape through YA Fantasy Fiction and a whole new respect for authors and their talent and hard work. It inspired me to one day attempt to write my own fantasy novel too. Three Dark Crowns opened so many doors for me and I will be forever grateful for that. Thank you, Kendare Blake.
I hope you guys enjoyed reading more about why this series means a lot to me. What books or series are special to you?